Nick Reinhart is best known as the frontman for Sacramento math-rockers Tera Melos. He’s also frequently collaborated with Death Grips and is in the experimental supergroup Big Walnuts Yonder with Minutemen’s Mike Watt, Wilco’s Nels Cline, and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. So it was surprising to hear him tackle straight-ahead ’90s guitar-pop on “Wanna Be My Friend,” his debut single as Disheveled Cuss. But that’s the sound he’s shooting for with this project, and he consistently hits the target.
Nick Reinhart has made a name for himself over the years as the unpredictable singer-guitarist in math rock act Tera Melos, one fourth of music geek supergroup Big Walnuts Yonder, and a frequent collaborator of Death Grips, including his own side-project with Zach Hill dubbed Bygones.
Now, Reinhart has hit pause on his wild and technical style of playing to create a new band called Disheveled Cuss — and he’s going full-blown ’90s alt-rock on new single “She Don’t Want”, which Consequence of Sound is premiering today.
“She Don’t Want” comes from Disheveled Cuss’ debut self-titled album, out June 12th via Sargent House. Technically, this isn’t the first track we’ve heard from Disheveled Cuss. They’ve released two singles prior, “Wanna Be My Friend” and “Nu Complication”, both of which see Reinhart toying with giddy melodies and stringy guitar lines. But neither of those songs sound as infectious as “She Don’t Want”, an alt-rock hit that sounds like a crossover of Teenage Fanclub and Blue Album-era Weezer.
Last year, Tera Melos singer/guitarist Nick Reinhart launched his new project Disheveled Cuss with the single “Wanna Be My Friend” and said he planned to release its debut album on Sargent House in 2020. Now, that album is announced. It’s self-titled and comes out May 8 via Sargent House, and it features “Wanna Be My Friend” as well as the just-released “Nu Complication.” Compared to Tera Melos’ chaotic math rock, Disheveled Cuss is much more in the breezier ’90s indie rock realm, and this new one is crunchy power pop that’ll probably appeal to fans of Teenage Fanclub and Nada Surf, but it’s still got that Nick Reinhart touch, especially on the kinda-creepy refrain. Listen below.
Disheveled Cuss, the Los Angles based, Nick Reinhart helmed band, has announced their debut self titled LP out May 8th via Sargent House. Disheveled Cuss is a sonic departure from the technical and ambient music Rienhart has made a career out of as the front man in cult favorites Tera Melos’. “Playing music like this is satisfying in a very different way than what I’m used to,” Nick explains. “It’s a rock band playing ‘normal’ songs and in many ways, that’s the least normal thing I’ve done.” Paired with the disparate tastes that lead him to work with Death Grips, Bygones, Best Coast, Portugal. The Man, and more, Disheveled Cuss represents a paradoxical and innovative approach to Nick’s own song writing, yielding a verse-chorus-verse nostalgia. The approach serves as a reminder of the cathartic release experienced when witnessing the full arc of a great, finely honed and relatable album. It seems fitting, then, that the most relatable of topics - love attraction, obsession and on the new single “Nu Complication”, the awkward realization of being replaced - plays a central role on Disheveled Cuss. Brokenhearted, perhaps, Nick has crafted a work of poignant exuberance, a melancholy rock classic masquerading as an artifact from his youth. Listen to track "Nu Complication" here: smarturl.it/DisheveledCuss
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Nick Reinhart, guitarist, and singer of Tera Melos and contributor to Death Grips and Portugal.The Man has a new band, Disheveled Cuss, which lives somewhere in-between early Weezer and Teenage Fanclub with a heavy ’90s indie rock influence. Reinhart says, “Playing music like this is satisfying in a very different way than what I’m used to. There’s no tearing open sonic portals like Tera Melos or primal aggression like Death Grips or stream of consciousness shredding like improvising in a jazz quartet- it’s a rock band playing “normal” songs and in many ways, that’s the least normal thing I’ve done.”
The first Disheveled Cuss single is out today. It’s called “Wanna Be My Friend,” and it’s as hooky as you’d hope, something fans of Bob Mould and Teenage Fanclub and Angel Du$t will probably enjoy. Someone else who enjoys it is Pinback’s Rob Crow, who’ll be playing bass for Disheveled Cuss when they open up for Pinback on tour this month.
Hear “Wanna Be My Friend” below, where you can also find those Pinback/Disheveled Cuss tour dates.
TOUR DATES WITH PINBACK 11/08 Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s 11/09 Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room 11/10 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s 11/11 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s 11/12 Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub 11/13 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile 11/14 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom 11/15 Boise, ID @ Neurolux 11/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge 11/17 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater 11/19 Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf 11/20 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace 11/21 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom 11/22 Pomona, CA @ Glass House 11/23 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
A Disheveled Cuss album is coming next year on Sargent House.
Disheveled Cuss is the new project led by Nick Reinhart, singer/guitarist of math rock greats Tera Melos, and it’s a much more relaxed project than the chaotic band he’s best known for. His debut single is “Wanna Be My Friend,” which is a very appealing dose of shoegazy indie rock, and you can hear it below. Disheveled Cuss are planning to release their debut album on Sargent House in 2020 (most details TBA, stay tuned), and they’re also opening for Pinback on tour in November.